Los Angeles Mayor
On an "Ask the Mayor" segment on KNX-AM (1070), Garcetti said that though L.A. doesn't want to subsidize a stadium, he thinks the NFL is "finally interested" in Los Angeles again. The sale of the Clippers, he said, showed "just how valuable the L.A. franchise could be."
Los Angeles hasn't had an NFL franchise for 20 years, since the
Previous L.A. mayors have predicted the imminent return of the NFL to the city. Though many in the NFL are optimistic that the league will soon return to the nation's second-largest TV market, some team owners are skeptical about how much the ball has moved during the last several years.
"It hasn't gone backwards, but it hasn't gone forwards,"
He also said he isn't personally spending any time on efforts to bring a team to L.A., but that he has good people on it.
"Football is something a big city should have," he said.
Garcetti made his comments a day before the
Under the terms of the extension, AEG officials would have until April to find a team, according to a report released Thursday by the city policy analysts. If the company lands a team, it would likely receive an additional six months -- or until Oct. 16, 2015 -- to finish negotiating a three-party agreement involving AEG, the city and the NFL.
Garcetti and Councilman
"We just need to ensure that a robust effort is in place to continue pursuing alternative plans in case a team doesn't come," he said.
City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana said he is recommending that city officials and AEG "basically join forces" on development of the backup plan. Under that process, three architects will come up with recommendations for how to upgrade the Convention Center -- possibly with a new 1,000-room hotel.
"We're going to be directing the architects to do essentially two designs each," Santana said. One would plan for a hotel on Olympic Boulevard, two blocks north of the Convention Center. The other would focus on construction of a hotel right next to the Convention Center.
The extension proposal is set to go before the full council on Tuesday.